DILG warns NCR barangay execs over uncleared roads

MANILA � Officials of barangays (villages) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have been reminded to continue the drive in clearing roads as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte even after the 60-day deadline has lapsed.

In a forum hosted by the National Press Club of the Philippines on Friday, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin DiAo said village officials should keep roads free of obstructions to improve traffic flow.

DiAo said several show cause orders have been issued to several barangays in the city of Manila.

Showing a copy of the show cause orders, DiAo said: Dito sa road clearing operation, Manila pa lang 'to. Dahil ang buong Pilipinas dapat i-me-maintain natin ang no parking no sidewalk vendor sa major thoroughfares at sa Metro Manila, major thoroughfares at saka mabuhay lane 24/7 no parking no sidewalk vendor (In the road clearing operation, this is just in Manila. The entire Philippines should maintain a no parking, no sidewalk vendors policy on major thoroughfares. In Metro Manila, major thoroughfares and Mabuhay Lanes should have no parked vehicles and no sidewalk vendors 24/7)."

The DILG would recommend to the city council the suspension of barangay chiefs if they fail to explain why they cannot maintain the road clearing operations.

He cited an inspection in the Quiapo area, where there is a tent on the middle of the road and sidewalk vendors occupy the street in an area near the barangay hall.

Pag napatunayan natin na si kapitan ang nagpapa-illegal parking, siya ang nagpapabayad sa mga sidewalk vendor. Dahil diyan papatak na iyan sa graft and corruption issue na puwede pong matanggal ang kapitan in this regard (If it is found that the barangay captain is the one responsible for allowing illegal parking and collects payment from sidewalk vendors, then the case would fall under a graft and corruption issue that would be grounds for termination of the captain), he added.

DiAo warned that these barangay officials may be suspended or removed from government service.

Latest data from the DILG-Bureau of Local Government Supervision as of October 16 show that of the 1,516 validated local government units, 387 got a high compliance rating, 635 got medium compliance, and 393 got low compliance while 101 LGUs received a failed rating. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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